A/Ibom, con­trac­tor trade blame over de­lay projects

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Pa­trick Odey, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State gov­ern­ment and one of its ma­jor con­trac­tors, the Chi­nese Civil En­gi­neer­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­pany (CCECC) are trad­ing blames over de­lay in the com­ple­tion of the Eket-Ibeno du­al­i­sa­tion and some other projects.

The state gov­ern­ment threat­ened to black­list the con­trac­tor and oth­ers who it said had not shown enough com­mit­ment and ex­per­tise in the ex­e­cu­tion of con­tracts, but the con­trac­tors on their part blamed the de­vel­op­ment on in­ad­e­quate fund­ing.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang, yes­ter­day blamed the com­pany for the prob­lem, say­ing some con­trac­tors have not been able to de­liver up to the value of funds that were made avail­able to them.

He said the state gov­ern­ment had been ad­vanc­ing N1­bil­lion on a monthly ba­sis to the said com­pany for the project.

“The gover­nor has con­sis­tently re­leased money on a monthly ba­sis to CCECC, about N1 bil­lion ev­ery month to en­sure that job is com­pleted ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, but sadly they have been giv­ing ex­cuse that it is rain­ing. And we have been ask­ing them why is Julius Berger not giv­ing the same ex­cuse? They are work­ing on the Uyo- Ikot Ekpene road de­spite the rain and you say you are an in­ter­na­tional con­struc­tion com­pany; why can’t some­thing be done. Right from June, they have been ad­vanc­ing that money and yet noth­ing has been done. The de­lay to­day is not from gov­ern­ment, it is from the com­pany,” he said.

He threat­ened that the state gov­ern­ment would not hes­i­tate to ter­mi­nate any con­tract if the con­trac­tor con­tin­ues to give ex­cuses, “rather than em­ploy the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise to ex­e­cute the project”.

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